Kinship Care is a program to help support a child who lives outside of his or her home with a relative. The child may be living temporarily or for the long term with a relative such as:
Kinship care can help a family support a child when the relative caregiver might be under stress or when the child has experienced abuse or neglect.
With this support, placing a child in a foster home or another out-of-home care setting may be avoided. For children in the child welfare system who cannot continue living at home with his or her parents, Kinship Care may be another placement option.
The eligibility and program requirements for Kinship Care are set forth in Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter DCF 58
There are three basic eligibility requirements for Kinship Care:
Other requirements include:
If you are interested in more information about Kinship Care for a child you are caring for, please contact the Waukesha County Foster Care Team:
If you are not sure what category your situation falls into, you can use the Kinship Navigator, a tool which will help you know where to go to find the help you need based on your unique situation.
Click here to begin: Kinship Navigator | Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Here are some links that may be helpful for additional resources: